October 31st, 2015

A Day to Celebrate the Dead

As the harvest period comes to an end and nature fades out to make room for the cold, barren ground of winter, the dead are celebrated. The Celtic festival of Samhain (SAH-in or SOW-in) occurs the night before November 1st, the Celtic New Year, when the divide between the dead and the living is at its thinnest. To ward off ghosts, bonfires were lit and costumes worn, beginning the tradition of make believe we see today and the fear behind nightly shadows. A month of tradition and superstition, October and its deathly festivities have been through many variations as the […]

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October 28th, 2015

A Month of Acceptance: LGBT History Month

The month of October is more than apple-picking and Halloween costumes, it is a month of remembrance for the LGBT community and those who have fought, and continue to fight, for not just tolerance, but acceptance. Within every documented culture homosexuality has been evident, and yet, even today, the LGBT community still struggles for acceptance. Only in recent years have steps even been taken. Pre-WWII little advancement for the community occurred, although some German scientists such as Sigmund Freud and Magnus Hirschfield studied, and were sympathetic to the plight against, homosexuality. After WWII, however, as men and women in the […]

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April 16th, 2015

Book Collecting Prize winner announced

An Interesting Taste in Books The Book Collecting Prize sponsored by Bucknell University Press and Library & IT has come to a close, and after reviewing many fascinating collections with themes from theater books to Cormac McCarthy novels, the judges have chosen Phuong Nguyen’s collection of books on food and cooking. Phuong grew up as a Vietnamese-American, with cooking as a central part of her life. Interestingly enough, she did not always have a curiosity for cookbooks. “My mother never wrote down a single recipe for me to remember. She always just showed me how to cook something, and somehow, […]

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April 8th, 2015

The Man with a Library Library

  When the Bucknell University Press released an announcement for a book collecting contest, we received a response from ‘77 alumnus—Roland Ochsenbein. Though the contest was directed towards current students, Mr. Ochsenbein had an interesting collection to share—a library library. With a degree in English and being editor-in-chief of the Bucknellian his senior year, Mr. Ochsenbein moved on to become involved in the publishing field, his interests revolving around books and good writing. In 2001, he was asked to take on a leadership position in the expansion and renovation of a tiny historic public library in his small hometown of […]

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March 31st, 2015

Writing Women Back into History

Every year since 1987, the month of March has been designated as National Women’s History Month.  The campaign that pushed this declaration of Congress was led by the National Women’s History Project, an organization founded in Santa Rosa, California by a group of women driven to broadcast women’s historical achievements.  As their motto has become “Writing Women Back into History,” I thought I would search our database to see what kinds of writings have been inspired by women in our own collection.  In fact, it was hard to narrow down.  The subjects revolving around women were many and varied, all […]

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March 17th, 2015

A Celebration of Irish Identity

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! (lah leh PAH-drig SUN-uh gwitch!)  Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you!  During this day of festivities—public parades, wearing of green attire and shamrocks, feasting, and music—March 17th annually marks the celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.  He was a Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland in the 5th century, and though this date marks the day of his death, it is a celebration of his life and of Ireland itself.  Saint Patrick’s Day is an ethnic and national holiday in Ireland, but is observed all over the world by the extended Irish […]

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February 24th, 2015

A Month of Love and Remembrance

As February, the month of love, comes to a close, I thought it appropriate to reflect on another commemoration for which it is known.   Since 1976, the month of February has been designated by every U.S. President as Black History Month.  It coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, as well as the founding of the NAACP on February 12, 1909.  Lincoln and Douglas were both prominent abolitionists—Douglas an escaped slave as well as strong author, orator, and activist for anti-slavery during the 1800s, and Lincoln abolishing slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.  But this […]

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February 11th, 2015

Thoughts on Love

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air! —And amongst the pages of a few of our books here at the Bucknell University Press.  Weeding back through our database, I came across three books in particular that revolve around the subjects of love and desire.  From the beginnings of scandalous love-triangles in fiction to the lyrical love subjects of medieval poetry to erotic literature, these three titles—George Sand in the Nineteenth-Century Russian Love-Triangle Novels, The Arrow of Love, and Excitable Imaginations—cover a spread of topics and analyses that delve deep into the spirit of Cupid’s arrow. […]

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December 2nd, 2014

D.A.F. de Sade 200 years later

December 2, 2014 seemed far away in the summer of 2010, when Norbert Sclippa’s email anticipating the bicentennial of D.A.F. Sade’s death arrived in my inbox. “Anybody planning anything?” he inquired of us: the Colloque Internationale Sade, a small but intimate community of scholars. Worried by the paucity of responses (though many events have been planned since!) I floated the possibility of a scholarly, edited volume to my then-boss and tireless support system Greg Clingham. Immediately, emails circulated, calls went out. Norbert graciously asked me to join him as co-editor of the project. Essays arrived; readers were, by turns, generous […]

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